The whole point of the House of Lords is that it should be a part of Parliament containing experts who advise the government of the day – most especially when it is making a mistake.
We all know that the plan to cut tax credits isn’t a mistake; it’s a premeditated attack on the UK’s lowest-earners, no matter what the Treasury might say. £15 billion in savings for taxpayers? Which taxpayers would they be, exactly?
The cut is certainly a bad idea – and it is right that the Lords should oppose it.
So the Tory backlash, with threats to suspend the Lords or flood the Upper House with Conservative peers who will do as they are told, is utterly unacceptable.
Do we have a government, or a gang of spoilt children who throw their toys out of the pram the instant they don’t get their own way?
The House of Lords could be suspended or flooded with Tory peers if it takes the ‘nuclear option’ of killing off George Osborne’s tax credits cuts next week, government sources have warned.
Furious Conservatives are threatening retaliation if peers decide to take the unprecedented step of using a so-called ‘fatal motion’ to wreck the Chancellor’s plans to slash the welfare bill.
Insiders have told The Huffington Post UK that the Lords will face a huge backlash should they vote to block the tax credits cuts next Monday.
Their warning comes after we revealed that a cross-party group of peers was set to table a ‘fatal motion’ to scupper the statutory instrument needed to clear the way for the cuts to come into force next April.
On Monday evening the Treasury also took further steps to face down its critics, releasing analysis which it said showed Osborne’s welfare reforms have saved the taxpayer £15bn a year.
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